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Causes and Treatments for Your Sensitive Teeth

Do you have sensitive teeth? If so, then you won’t be able to eat and drink hot and cold stuffs since they will make your teeth more painful. Certain reasons are there why you have suffer from the problem of sensitive teeth. Read to know how you can overcome this problem with the right treatment.

  • Dentin issues – Dentin is the part of tooth below the enamel that consists of microscopic tubules or canals. When the dentin loses its enamel or protective covering, the tubules enable heat and cold to stimulate the cells and nerves inside the tooth that may lead to sensitivity. The wear down of the enamel or gum recession can expose microscopic tubes in the dentin. When the cells within the tubes get stimulated, you might suffer from tooth sensitivity.
  • Cracks in the enamel – If there are cracks in the tooth surface of the enamel, then this may be sensitive to extreme temperatures that cause teeth to contract and expand. The microscopic cracks in the enamel may appear overtime that enable hot or cold sensations to hit nerves below tooth enamel.
  • Exposed roots – If the discomfort lasts for a few minutes, tooth sensitivity will not cause any serious problem. It might occur due to exposed root surface that leads to toothbrush abrasion and gum recession.
  • New filling – Dental works may cause tooth sensitivity due to pulp tissues inside a tooth or inflammation. This need to be resolved within a few days.
  • Chipped or decayed tooth – This usually means the pulp is inflamed (due to physical trauma or deep decay. You need to fix an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible.
  • Bleach from teeth whitening – Almost a good percentage of people suffer from tooth sensitivity or dentin hypersensitivity after performing external tooth bleaching with traditional carbamide peroxide. Gum problems and teeth sensitivity are temporary and both will stop after the bleaching treatment is done. The severity and frequency of tooth sensitivity may get affected by the techniques used, quality of products used and the procedure chosen. Talk to your dentist if you have tooth sensitivity that stays for a long time, even after performing teeth whitening treatment.
  • Sinus pressure due to seasonal allergies – The pain in sinus area of the face is usually associated with upper back teeth since they share similar nerves. It might be difficult to realize the pain but the sinus sensitivity or pain might appear like toothache.

What you should do for sensitive teeth

  • Check the toothpaste you use – Certain toothpastes have abrasive ingredients in them that might be very harsh for people having sensitive teeth. The ingredients present in the whitening toothpastes will lighten or remove stains from the enamel. You need to visit your local store when buying desensitizing toothpaste for the sensitive teeth. Besides, sealants and other filling materials such as Fluoride may lessen the problem of tooth sensitivity.
  • Buy the right kind of toothbrush – The way how you brush teeth may be the reason for your teeth sensitivity. It is advised not to use hard-bristled brushes and brush teeth in extreme force. Both these actions may wear down the surface of the tooth root and even expose the sensitive spots. Make sure you do not apply too much pressure on the teeth at the time of brushing. If the bristles have already got flattened or are pointing in different directions, this means you are actually putting a lot of pressure on the teeth.
  • Reduce the intake of acidic foods – You will have to restrict eating acid contained foods and soft drinks that may lessen the problem of sensitivity.

Thus, if you have been diagnosed with sensitive teeth and this has not occurred due to infection, then you will be suggested some treatment options, both in-office treatments and home products for your use. You need to fix an appointment with our dentist at Dulwich Dental Office and solve the problem of your sensitive teeth.


  1 Feb 2019